VIP Venetian Island Experience: Murano, Burano & Torcello in a Small Group

Escape the crowds and chaos of Venice and catch a glimpse of what the city used to be – an island of artisans world-famous for their craft, where traditional skills have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Join us on an exciting trip on board of a luxury boat to these timeless islands, so close yet worlds away from crowded Piazza San Marco. After meeting in a central Venice location we’ll start our tour with a short and comfortable boat ride to Murano. There’s a lot to see on the way, and your guide will keep you entertained with a description of the sights as you pass them. It’s no time at all until we’re off the boat again, taking our first steps on beautiful Murano, a small island world-famous for its glass. Once upon a time Murano glassblowers were the only people in Europe who knew how to create a mirror and their skills were so valued that they were banned from leaving the city of Venice under threat of execution. Many things have changed since then, but the craft has stayed the same, as you’ll understand after our first stop – a glassblower’s workshop rich in history. Watch a craftsman in action as he goes about his daily business and listen to a description of the process in English while he works – what gives the glass its color? How does silica sand become glass? Which is the most difficult part of his job? This is a real, workaday studio and our experience here will be as authentic as it comes. Only on this tour, you will be also given access to the private Art Galleries, that belong to the glass factory and are closed to the general public. Here you will have the chance to see some truly spectacular works of art on display, which have been made by the most famous and skilled artists and have been collected from generations. This is a truly awe-inspiring space which will complete your exploration through the art of glass blowing. Afterwards you will have time to browse the huge collection of glass art here and wander the island on your own. We don’t take commission because we would rather pass those savings on to you, so shop here with a discount, anywhere else around town or don’t shop at all – it’s your choice. Then it’s back on the boat and off to our next stop, Torcello, once the first settlement on the lagoon, today known for its peaceful atmosphere, as the island is considered the garden of Venice. Here you can simply soak up the relaxing atmosphere, or you may want to visit the local basilica or belltower, for a view of the lagoon from above. We are back on board of our luxury boat to enjoy a glass of prosecco and make our way to the last stop of the day, the magical and colourful island of Burano. The tiny island of Burano is famous for two reasons. The first is for its houses. Huddled tightly together along streets and canals, each one is painted a different color, with laundry strung up across the narrow streets. Legend has it that fishermen started this trend, painting their houses in bright shades so that they could see home from a distance. But Burano’s major claim to fame is its centuries old tradition of lacemaking. Your guide will take you through the streets of Burano to a small building where women sit working feverishly, stitching lace like their mothers and grandmothers before them. Stay and watch their painstaking work, listen to a full commentary on what, in the age of sewing machines, has become a dying art and then take the time to explore the fascinating lace samples on display. When Michelangelo visited Burano he bought an altarpiece for the brand new Duomo in Milan. You can take a leaf from his book and pick out your own keepsakes or spend your free time winding your way along the kaleidoscopic streets, sampling delicious cookies in local bakeries. Included Glassmaking demonstration at a factory in Murano with commentary in English, plus visit to the Art Galleries with glass masterpieces from some of the most famous artists. Lacemaking demonstration at a shop in Burano with commentary in English. Round-trip transportation on board of a historic luxury boat with free prosecco on board. Discount at the glassblowing and lace-making shop where the demonstrations are given (10%+ depending on the item) Visit to Torcello Island. Redeem informationVoucher type: PrintedPrinted Voucher. Print and bring the voucher to enjoy the activity.LocationStart point: Riva degli SchiavoniThe start point at the side facing the Vittorio Emanuele II’s MonumentEnd point: In front of Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth (near San Marco).ScheduleDuration: 6 HoursGuide optionsGuide type: GuideGroup type: SharedGroup size: 15 People

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